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A recently published European Commission Report found that investments in energy efficiency are increasing. However, the report noted that there is limited information on the effectiveness of the different financial support measures, both at EU and national level. Few member states have provided details on the effectiveness of national support measures, making it difficult to… » read more

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Beyond 2020

Already Brussels is looking beyond 2020 for its climate and energy targets, with the European institutions in recent weeks endorsing 2030 goals and opening public consultation on the 2030 policy framework. Leading questions include – what type, nature and level of climate and energy targets should be set for post-2020? How can coherence between different… » read more

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The final results of the public consultation on INTELLIGENT ENERGY – EUROPE III IN HORIZON 2020 have been published on the DG Energy website, with responses identifying the public sector and local and regional authorities as priorities in the next funding period. The objective of the consultation was to seek the view of relevant stakeholders… » read more

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Enabling ESCO – Ireland

What can be done to encourage ESCO take-up in an early stage market? ManagEnergy asks Stjohn O’Connor from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in Ireland. Stjohn O’Connor, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Ireland Ireland has an underdeveloped market for ESCOs generally. Within the public sector there has been relatively few… » read more

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What can be done to encourage ESCO take-up in an early stage market? ManagEnergy asks Miguel Feliz in the national energy agency ADENE, Portugal. Miguel Feliz, ADENE Here in Portugal, the ESCO market in [government owned] public buildings is practically nonexistent. Until recently, the procurement rules for public authorities were not geared towards these kinds… » read more

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Despite – or perhaps because of – the acute economic recession in Ireland, the Irish government has earmarked €35m million in seed capital for a new energy efficiency fund to help reduce the cash-strapped nation’s energy consumption by 20%. On 28 February 2013, Irish Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte formally announced a €70m Energy Efficiency Fund… » read more

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Across Europe, the renewables sector increased market share in 2011, with ‘bold local initiatives’cited as a leading factor in the sector’s growth. According to a new report released by EurObserv’ER , the renewables sector now has a 13.4% market share, employs 1.19 million people and accounts for a turnover of EUR 137 billion. The European… » read more

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First launched in 2008, RE:FIT is the Mayor of London’s award-winning scheme to provide a commercial model for public bodies wishing to achieve substantial financial cost savings, improve the energy performance of their buildings and reduce their CO2 footprint. Honoured by ManagEnergy in the 2011 Local Energy Action Award, the scheme has now been rolled… » read more

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ManagEnergy talks with Stuart Broom at the EIB’s European PPP Expertise Centre (EPEC) about energy performance contracting and what local authorities need to do to get energy efficiency projects ready for the next funding period. Could you tell us about EPEC’s work, especially how it relates to investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy? EPEC… » read more

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Wednesday 23 January was Intelligent Energy Europe Info Day 2013. This year’s call, which has a total budget of €65 million, is open until 8 May 2013. This year, Info Day was busier than ever as the funding rounds become ever more competitive. Many participants were swapping project ideas and business cards, as finding the… » read more

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